Opinions »

Hopefully, my kids will remember the things I got right

Hopefully, my kids will remember the things I got right

chrissycsmith June 8, 2014 Comments Off on Hopefully, my kids will remember the things I got right

As summer began, my four young children were battling random infectious illnesses, and we had not left the house in days. So, the question was: will Betsy lose her ever-loving mind? Answer: not yet.

Read More »
Ward can finally breathe a sigh of relief

Ward can finally breathe a sigh of relief

chrissycsmith June 8, 2014 Comments Off on Ward can finally breathe a sigh of relief

I’m guessing that finally this week Lisa Condrey Ward is sitting back in her sofa, or maybe relaxing on a backyard porch, and finally letting out a huge sigh of relief. She did it.

Read More »
Join me at the Community Prayer Breakfast on May 30

Join me at the Community Prayer Breakfast on May 30

chrissycsmith May 31, 2014 Comments Off on Join me at the Community Prayer Breakfast on May 30

Since I was fortunate enough six years ago to begin directing the news published in the local St. Tammany papers, I seemed drawn to individuals and organizations that are about doing good to help

Read More »
Moms never ‘really’ age

Moms never ‘really’ age

chrissycsmith May 25, 2014 Comments Off on Moms never ‘really’ age

My mom had a big birthday on Tuesday. I won’t say which birthday. Instead, I’ll just say she looks great. Moms don’t age, not really. When I close my eyes and see my mom,

Read More »
Most public officials serve in an honest way

Most public officials serve in an honest way

chrissycsmith May 25, 2014 Comments Off on Most public officials serve in an honest way

I saw something very interesting on Monday evening. There was a large gathering of people at the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office—an unusual event in itself since this office has never been the subject

Read More »
Five months later and I’m still mourning the death of my cat

Five months later and I’m still mourning the death of my cat

chrissycsmith May 11, 2014 Comments Off on Five months later and I’m still mourning the death of my cat

It’s been five months since my cat died. At 15, I suppose he was old, my Tad Smith. It shouldn’t have taken me by surprise. But it did. For so long, he was here,

Read More »
Congratulations to parish’s coroner-elect

Congratulations to parish’s coroner-elect

chrissycsmith May 11, 2014 Comments Off on Congratulations to parish’s coroner-elect

Congratulations to Dr. Charles Preston for being elected the new coroner in St. Tammany Parish, taking a runoff victory against Dr. Leeanne Truehart this past Saturday. For the residents of this parish, I believe

Read More »
Downtown Covington should be frequented year-round

Downtown Covington should be frequented year-round

chrissycsmith May 11, 2014 Comments Off on Downtown Covington should be frequented year-round

Phenomenal. That’s the word I have to use when talking about what happened in downtown Covington the past week. The third annual “A Taste of Covington” seemed like it was everywhere you turned in

Read More »
Come out and support the library gala Sunday

Come out and support the library gala Sunday

chrissycsmith April 29, 2014 Comments Off on Come out and support the library gala Sunday

I hope many of you will attend the St. Tammany Library Foundation gala set for this Sunday, April 27, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Becker, at 200 Fountain Dr., in Mandeville.

Read More »
An interesting story about ‘airplane bottles’

An interesting story about ‘airplane bottles’

chrissycsmith April 11, 2014 Comments Off on An interesting story about ‘airplane bottles’

As you get ready to hit the streets tonight through Sunday in Covington for the third annual “A Taste of Covington,” let me tell you an interesting fact I learned from Steve Ahrons when

Read More »
More than anything, kids love your attention

More than anything, kids love your attention

chrissycsmith April 6, 2014 Comments Off on More than anything, kids love your attention

My wife and I have officially been “empty-nesters” for a few months now. I’ve told you the story about our fourth child, Michael, heading off to Oklahoma to get married in January. I also

Read More »
Amazing, easy recipe to help with life

Amazing, easy recipe to help with life

chrissycsmith April 5, 2014 Comments Off on Amazing, easy recipe to help with life

I am sharing a recipe with y’all today, so listen up. Or put on your glasses. Whatever you need to do, but pay attention, because you’re going to be glad you did. We’re talking

Read More »
Why can’t I remember the names of people I meet?

Why can’t I remember the names of people I meet?

chrissycsmith March 24, 2014 Comments Off on Why can’t I remember the names of people I meet?

I was out with my husband recently, and I ran into a group of women I know from a class I’m taking. They’re lovely women, all friends with one another, and I would have

Read More »
Weekend trip brings a brush with a celebrity

Weekend trip brings a brush with a celebrity

chrissycsmith March 24, 2014 Comments Off on Weekend trip brings a brush with a celebrity

My wife and I had a very interesting meeting with a woman this past weekend in Biloxi. It was one of those situations that you don’t realize how interesting it really will turn out

Read More »
This man may be the friendliest public official

This man may be the friendliest public official

chrissycsmith March 10, 2014 Comments Off on This man may be the friendliest public official

I am in a position to become friends with any number of political leaders in St. Tammany Parish and thankfully, I think I can say I’m friends with the vast majority. But I don’t

Read More »
Job hunting can certainly cause a lot of stress

Job hunting can certainly cause a lot of stress

chrissycsmith March 5, 2014 Comments Off on Job hunting can certainly cause a lot of stress

What a difference a good job makes, doesn’t it? Job hunting—that can be one of the most frustrating, difficult, challenging, aggravating and also rewarding things ever in this world. But for those who are

Read More »
NBA All-Star was big-time highlight for local writer

NBA All-Star was big-time highlight for local writer

chrissycsmith February 21, 2014 Comments Off on NBA All-Star was big-time highlight for local writer

There are a lot of things I imagine doing in my lifetime. Learning how to cook my mother-in-law’s gumbo is one of those things along with running a marathon. I’m kidding. I never plan

Read More »
One of my favorite events is right around the corner

One of my favorite events is right around the corner

chrissycsmith February 21, 2014 Comments Off on One of my favorite events is right around the corner

Don’t look now but one of the coolest events of the year for the west side of St. Tammany Parish is not far away. And my good friend, Cliff Bergeron, is not surprisingly working

Read More »
West St. Tammany … send us your stories and pictures

West St. Tammany … send us your stories and pictures

chrissycsmith February 19, 2014 Comments Off on West St. Tammany … send us your stories and pictures

I’m heading into my second year with the Tammany West newspaper, and I must say it has been an interesting, eye-opening, and informative leap into the west side of St. Tammany Parish. When we

Read More »
Downtown Covington business owners are extremely nice

Downtown Covington business owners are extremely nice

chrissycsmith February 10, 2014 Comments Off on Downtown Covington business owners are extremely nice

I talk a lot about working in the small business world—whether covering events where local people are seen, or selling advertising for our Tammany West paper. I recently spent some time in the Covington

Read More »